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New York Islanders: Otto Koivula Trolls Toronto Crowd With Celebration (Video)

By Matt O'Leary
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: Otto Koivula #48 of the New York Islanders skates against the Philadelphia Flyers during a preseason game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: Otto Koivula #48 of the New York Islanders skates against the Philadelphia Flyers during a preseason game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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The New York Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs have a rivalry this year but it’s seemed to make its way to the AHL too thanks to Otto Koivula.

After a slow start transitioning in the AHL, New York Islanders prospect Otto Koivula has made his presence felt with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. In 57 games with the club, he has 40 points (17 goals, 23 assists).

Koivula’s a big guy standing at six-foot-four and 220 pounds. The hope, at least from me, is that he can turn into the team’s third line center in the future. He made the switch from left wing over to center and it’s paid dividends.

Yesterday, as the Sound Tigers took on the Toronto Marlies the game needed a shootout. Kovila showed off some nasty skills and even gave it to the fans after.

https://twitter.com/TheSoundTigers/status/1104883943101349888

For a bigger guy, Koivula was able to get the goalie moving and out of position. He eventually went to the backhand and slipt it right past the Marlies goalie for the win, but that wasn’t even the best part of the goal.

After the goal, he put his finger up to his mouth as if to silence the fans. Does Otto Koivula, in his first year in North America, realize the rivalry between the Islanders and Toronto? If so that’s tremendous work on his part.

I know a lot of the purists aren’t going to like this move but honestly, it makes it so much more entertaining when there are villains and rivalries in the game. Let’s be real for a second, the best game of the year was against Toronto and they don’t play in the Islanders division.

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It’s a manufactured rivalry because Tavares, the villain, left in free agency. It’s the additional storylines that make a full 82 game season so entertaining. Otto Koivula gets it, and anytime someone trolls Toronto I’m all on board for it.

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